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Adams and Reese attorney Charles Castille, Special Counsel in the firm’s Baton Rouge office, was among the speakers at the Jefferson Chamber Health Care Reform Conference, held on March 21st at the Ochsner Medical Center’s Brent House Hotel.
Leading business executives from the health care, law, tax and insurance industries participated in a discussion on how businesses will be affected by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Castille’s presentation was titled, “How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect My Business?”

Castille was joined by Michael Bertaut, health care economist with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; Philip Rebowe, partner-in-charge, Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs and advisors; and Carol Solomon, CEO with Peoples Health. Afterward, a series of break-out sessions took place at West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero and East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, designed to spend more time on specific parts of the PPACA, including a detailed review of the legal, accounting and tax implications, individual and small group plans, and large employer plans and coverage.

The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce offers these programs as a service to the business community. It urges businesses to attend to start planning ahead as major provisions of the legislation that affect employers will take effect in 2014.

At Adams and Reese, Castille serves as Special Counsel in the firm’s Baton Rouge office. He was a longtime attorney with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals who spent 12 years as undersecretary of DHH.

He has a total of 35 years in public service, was responsible for planning, directing and coordinating all activities for the DHH Office of Management and Finance, including Medicaid, planning and budget, human resources training and development, fiscal information, information technology, engineering and architectural services, contracts and procurement support, materials management, Health Education Authority of Louisiana, and safety and security.

Two years previously, Castille led an executive health care panel in Baton Rouge, “The Future of Medicaid in Louisiana: What Now?” in 2012, and “The Future of Medicaid in Louisiana: The Impact on Health Care,” in 2011, both held at the Pennington Conference Center in Baton Rouge. Both panels discussed Medicaid Funding, Impact on Providers, Coordinated Care Networks, National Health Care Reform, Medicaid Block Grant and other key health care issues.

Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with offices strategically located throughout the southern United States and Washington, DC.  American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation's top law firms - "The Am Law 200.” The National Law Journal also includes the firm on the "NLJ 250" list of the nation's largest law firms.